Brush, Salal and Other Forest Products
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages approximately 2.1 million acres of Trust Lands across the State. Through authorized management activities on these lands, DNR generates vital revenue for the construction of the State’s public schools and universities. Additionally, this revenue provides funding to many Washington Counties and junior taxing districts. The sale of Specialized Forest Products (evergreen huckleberry, sword fern, salal, mushrooms etc.) is one of many ways DNR generates Trust revenue. These highly desirable products are shipped all over the world for use in floral arrangements. This page provides valuable information regarding current and future opportunities for harvesting Specialized Forest Products including permit sales and lease areas.
If you are a prospective purchaser of forest products, this is where you will find new opportunities that may be of interest to you. Use our query tool to easily find the products you want. If you don't find what you're looking for, please contact us. As manager of these state trust lands, we're open to new methods of doing business and ways to generate revenue for public services.
Each year, DNR’s South Puget Sound Region holds a sealed bid auction (open to qualified bidders) for the right to harvest specialized forest products from specific lease areas throughout Mason and Kitsap Counties. The qualified high bidders are awarded individual leases which authorize unlimited harvest of specialized forest products from the designated lease area during the contract term (typically three or five years). Additionally, Cedar, pine, and Douglas-fir bough harvesting may be authorized through specific clauses listed in many of the lease agreements. Information will be posted below regarding upcoming lease auctions which are traditionally held in June of each year. This information will include the date, time and location of the auction in addition to maps of the lease areas, bidding procedures and the guidelines and regulations for harvest.
South Puget Sound Region Brush Lease Opportunities
None available at this time. The next brush lease auction will be offered in June of 2021. Additional information regarding available leases will be posted in May of 2021.
Brush and Mushroom Permits
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Capitol Forest-South Puget Sound Region
NOTICE: BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2021, THE SOUTH PUGET SOUND REGION WILL CHANGE THE WAY IT SELLS INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL FOREST PRODUCT (BRUSH AND/OR MUSHROOM) PERMITS FOR CAPITOL FOREST. DUE TO COVID-19, AND THE CLOSURE OF ALL STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC, OUR OFFICE WILL NO LONGER SELL PERMITS IN-PERSON.
Effective January 1, 2021, those wishing to purchase a Capitol Forest Brush and/or Mushroom Permit will need to print and complete a Special Forest Products Permit application and mail it to the South Puget Sound Region Office in Enumclaw along with the appropriate payment and a copy of the Permittee’s valid photo identification. Permit fees must be paid with a cashier’s check or money order only. No other forms of payment, including cash or personal checks, will be accepted. Application processing time will be up to ten (10) business days from the time the application is received. Please ensure that each section of the application is fully complete, including appropriate check boxes, and provide all information as required. All applications that are incomplete, illegible, or contain the incorrect payment amount and/or type will be rejected and returned to the applicant along with any payment received. A map showing our two permit areas to choose from is located here. Each permit is valid for a single permit area.
Once a valid application has been processed, a Specialized Forest Products Harvesting Permit (accompanied by a harvest area map, Permit Conditions sheet, County hauling permit, vehicle windshield placard, and a receipt) will be mailed back to the Permittee at the address listed on the application.
Each individual Permit will be valid and harvesting can begin when the Permittee signs the signature blocks where indicated. Permittees purchasing a Permit for the Grays Harbor County permit area will also need to have their hauling permit validated by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office in Montesano prior to harvesting.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we adjust our business practices to better serve our communities. This new process will provide critical health and safety protections for both our staff and clients during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pacific Cascade Region (360-577-2025) and Olympic Region (360-374-2800) may offer brush and/or bough permits for other select areas in their regions. Please contact the appropriate region office to check on the availability of individual brush permits for their locations.